St. Elmo News

Thursday, July 27
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Maverick Restaurant.
Sunday, July 30
• The First Assembly of God Church will show the DVD “In Our Honor” at the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. sservice. It is on the 1967 story of when the Jews took back Jerusalem.
Wednesday, August 2
• St. Elmo City Council, 6 p.m., city hall.
• “Exploring the Arts” for grades 3-8, 6-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, August 3
• Registration from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the St. Elmo Jr.-Sr. High School and Elementary School.
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Friday, August 4
• Last day of school registration at St. Elmo schools, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Alumni Reservations Deadline Reminder
St. Elmo High School alumni and friends are reminded of the Saturday, Aug.19, Alumni Luncheon at noon (doors will open at 11 a.m.) in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. Reservations for the catered lunch have to be made no later than Wednesday, Aug. 9. No tickets for the luncheon will be available at the door.
Tickets are $12 each and are available at United Fidelity Bank (former Fayette County Bank). The money has to be taken personally to the bank, not mailed to them, to get on the list.
You can call Lorene Abendroth at 829-5466 to make your reservation; you will be put on the attendance list, but your reservation is tentative until your check is received, with no exceptions. If you want a receipt from Lorene, enclose with your check a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Her address is: Lorene Abendroth, 1864 N 1800 St., St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.
Include your class’ graduation date (even if you graduated elsewhere), your mailing address and women, your maiden name.
On Aug. 9, Lorene will tally the paid reservations and advise the caterer.
Please note – no smoking and no alcohol.
RNA Collecting School Supplies
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 started the middle of July collecting school supplies and will continue to do so until the middle of August. A box has been placed in Mary Ann’s Restaurant for donations.
Lunch Bunch
Present for the Lunch Bunch monthly meeting on July 13 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning, Arlin and Lillian Grobengeiser, and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
Women’s Club Committee Meeting
Officers of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club have a meeting in the summer to plan the programs and set up the budget for the 2017-18 year. The club has nine meetings in the club year; the first one is in September and the last one is in May. They are on the month’s first Thursday. Most are in the evening, but two this year are in the daytime, one at Vandalia and one at Effingham.
On Thursday, Sept. 7, the club will go at 7 p.m. to the St. Elmo Public Library to take a tour of the museum that is in the library building. New program books will be given out and the proposed budget will be voted on.
This year, there are 16 members: Pat Belden, Susan Belden, Neva Carter, Karen Denning, Norma Engeljohn, Loretta Heischmidt, Sheila Himes, Debbie Hough, Sharon Howard, Lucille Koeberlein, Mary Jane Marrix, Mary Myers, Pat Porter, Anna Jean Rhodes, Elizabeth Stoner and Karen Wegscheid.
Two former members, Libby Kessel and Noma Moore, died this year.
The club would like to have more members – all women interested in joining are welcome to attend the meetings. Dues are $15.
Officers able to attend the July 14 committee meeting at the St. Elmo Public Library were President Porter, Co-Second Vice Presidents Myers and Heischmidt, and Recording and Corresponding Secretary Rhodes.
Porter served snicker doodle cookies and tea.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
Historical Vandalia Inc. met the evening of July 17 in the Fayette County Museum with four of the seven Board members present: Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, Donna Blair and Mary Truitt of Vandalia and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
June had a good museum attendance – 263 registered. One day had 37 visitors and three other days had more than 20 visitors.
Artifacts donated to the museum since the June Board meeting: Ladies Birthday Almanac (1953); Central School in Vandalia 1956 PTA calendar; .58-caliber mini-ball; and an 8-by-10 black and white photo of the Kaskaskia capitol.
The main order of business was a bid from the Mason’s Masonry Restoration Inc, of Brownstown for the outside walls for a total of $12,720. A motion to accept the bid was approved. Almost $9,000 will have to be borrowed from the organ and elevator funds in the restoration account, but it was decided “first things first” when needed.
The garden west of the museum has 435 engraved bricks and more than 15 more will be added as soon as they are engraved.
Bricks are a fundraiser for the Museum’s Restoration Fund. They can be engraved with two lines for $50 or with three lines for $75. Most are engraved in memory of someone or in honor of someone or organization.
All donations are greatly appreciated for the restoration fund, which also includes an elevator fund. The restored upstairs is not handicap accessible until an elevator is installed at the lower level.
St. Elmo HCE
July is a Home and Community Education activity month so the St. Elmo Unit of HCE changed the meeting to the third Tuesday, Aug. 18. They met at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides to go to Effingham to be at the John Boos & Co Factory Showroom and Outlet at 10:30 a.m. They were told Boos started in 1887 and the factory is continuing to grow. A DVD was also shown.
Boos is one of the oldest manufacturers of premium quality and butcher blocks in the USA. It was in the Effingham blacksmith shop that founder Conrad Boos first invented what would become the first Boos Block.
In addition to wood-cutting boards, butcher blocks, kitchen carts, tables/islands, butcher block countertops and foodservice equipment they now are doing stainless steel countertops.
Many of the Boos products are used in the television food shows.
After the Boos program, they went to Cracker Barrel for Lunch, Minutes of the June meeting were passed around to read. Those able to go were Karen Denning, Loretta Heischmidt, Carole Krost, Mary Myers and Anna Jean Rhodes.
ERD UMW Leadership Team Meeting
Embarras River District United Methodist Women had a leadership team meeting on July 19 at the Effingham Centenary Methodist Church. President Carol Kessler of Shelbyville presented devotions and led in prayer.
The new Centenary Methodist Church pastor, Christine Cunningham, dropped in to welcome the group and introduce herself.
Illinois Great River Conference UMW is requesting Extra Mile Giving for two projects. One is to raise $30,000 to cover building one of the new Cunningham Children’s Home Education and Recreation Center conference rooms (groundbreaking for ERC will be 3 p.m. on Aug. 20). With 333 units on the conference, each unit will be asked to give $75 if possible or more. The second one is, the IGRC UMW wants to raise $1000 to use for grants for the May 18-20-2018 Assembly in Columbus, Ohio. Each unit is asked to send $3-$4. Both donations can be sent to ERD UMW on their remittance form in the section that includes Mission Pennies.
The “Our Conference Our Kids” initiative kicked in at church annual conference in June at Peoria. Pastors are to report a church pledge to the district sSuperintendent in August. Churches will have three years to meet their pledge. This will help fund the five child welfare agencies in Illinois. The Advance number is 6960. Donations for this are given through the church treasurer.
Nominations Chairman Joan Miller of Mode reported the district has a full slate of officers for 2018. The ballot will be included in the district annual meeting participant packet.
The ERD Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Paris First UMC and the speaker will be Patty Winn of Effingham. 2018 unit pledges are due to ERD UMW Treasurer Louella Christensen by Sept. 12 so pledge cards can be made for the annual meeting. Registration needs to be made by Sept. 12; lunch will be $8.
The IGRC Annual UMW meeting will be on Saturday, Oct.7 at the Springfield First UMC. Tickets are $20 and can be ordered from Christensen.  IGRC Bishop Frank J. Beard will be the speaker.
In addition to Christensen from Altamont, leadership team members present from this area were Social Action Shirley Harder of Altamont, Vice President Carol Martin of Effingham and class 2018 nominations Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo. In addition to Shelbyville, Mode, Altamont, St. Elmo and Effingham, officers are from Nokomis, Marshall, Charleston and Paris.
Board of Education Report
The July regular session meeting of the St. Elmo Board of Education was changed to Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the unit office. Further down the agenda, the board had a closed session. When the meeting reopened, the following action was taken:
The board accepted a letter of resignation from Elise Asher as a teacher effective July 11.
The board accepted a letter of resignation from Whitney Roedl as individual aide/Rtl paraprofessional effective July 12.
The board employed Erica Barker as full time elementary science teacher for the 2017-18 school year.
The board employed Abby Hill as half-time elementary social studies teacher and half-time Rtl paraprofessional for the 2017-18 school year.
The board accepted a letter of resignation from Marissa Thomason as junior high cheerleading coach effective July 19, 2017.
First item on the agenda when the board meeting opened: the following consent agenda items were approved; regular meeting minutes from June 21 and special board meeting June 26; bills and binancial beports; and monthly administrative reports.
The board adopted the junior-senior high athletic handbook.
The board approved the elementary Handbook for the 2017-18 school year.
The board awarded the fiscal year 2918 milk bid to Prairie Farms.
The board awarded the fiscal year 2018 bread bid to Aunt Millie’s.
The board awarded the fiscal year 2018 fuel bid to South Central FS.
The board appointed Superintendent Healy to prepare the fudget for fiscal year 2018.
The board approved an interfund loan of funds from the education fund to the tort fund in the amount of $120,000.
The board approved an interfund loan of funds from the education fund to the bond and interest in the amount of $15,000.
The board authorized the removal of Deborah Philpot and to add Julie Healy to the official signature page at Dieterich Bank and at United Fidelity Bank effective July 1, 2017.
The board designated Julie Healy as the district FOIA officer.
The board approved a copier lease agreement with TAP Business Systems.


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